The Australian Government has committed billions to support us in delivering Inland Rail in partnership with the private sector.

Government funding

Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) was appointed by the Australian Government to deliver Inland Rail under the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications portfolio.

ARTC and the Department have been working closely with State Governments, principally through their transport agencies, to progress the project.

The Australian Government has entered into bilateral agreements with the New South Wales, Victorian and Queensland Governments, confirming a commitment to progressing Inland Rail.

Public Private Partnership

In 2017, the Australian Government confirmed the Gowrie to Kagaru section of Inland Rail in Queensland will be designed, built, managed and paid for by a Public Private Partnership (PPP).

A PPP is when both the public sector (i.e. government) and the private sector (i.e. businesses) work together to complete an infrastructure project.

Work in the Gowrie to Kagaru section includes building a new dual gauge track traversing Toowoomba, the Lockyer Valley, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim. This 126km section is our most technically complex. It includes the construction of a 6km tunnel through the Toowoomba Range as well as numerous level crossings, viaducts, river bridges and crossing loops.

The Gowrie to Kagaru section is divided into three separate projects:

Gowrie to Helidon, QLD Helidon to Calvert, Qld Calvert to Kagaru, Qld

This delivery arrangement will provide effective risk allocation and harness innovative engineering and construction solutions through the private sector.

Under a PPP delivery arrangement, the private sector will design, build, finance and maintain this section over the long-term and allow Inland Rail to benefit from private sector innovation for these complex project elements.

The PPP Request for Proposals phase will commence in late 2020.

Public Private Partnership fact sheet

The PPP fact sheet outlines what a PPP is and how they work and explains why the Gowrie to Kagaru project is being funded by a PPP.

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